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Kaman Distribution Appoints Warfield SVP, GM - Fluid Power

BLOOMFIELD, Connecticut (July 31, 2014)
- Kaman Corporation today announced effective August 15, 2014, the appointment of Tribby Warfield as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Fluid Power platform of its Distribution Segment (Kaman Distribution). Kaman Distribution operates through three product platforms: Bearings & Power Transmission; Fluid Power; and Automation, Control & Energy. Tribby will report to Steve Smidler, Kaman Distribution’s President and join Kaman’s executive committee.

Most recently Tribby served as President, North America Commercial for Gates Corporation where she led all commercial activity for Gates Power Transmission and Fluid Power in the United States, Canada and Mexico. She previously served as President, North America Power Transmission. Tribby’s career with the Gates Corporation spanned over 25 years and included an extensive global background serving eleven years in Europe in key management and operational roles across Gates’ European Divisions including assignments as Vice President of Gates Industrial Power Transmission operations, headquartered in Erembodegem, Belgium. She also served as Gates Global Business Director for the Automotive Original Equipment division located in Aachen, Germany as well as Sales and Marketing Director for Gates Fluid Power operations in St. Neots, United Kingdom. Tribby’s early years at Gates included a variety of roles including business development, product marketing and field sales management.

Tribby is actively involved in numerous industry associations such as the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) where she serves as Foundation Board Trustee. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Advisors and resides as Executive in Residence for the University of Colorado Denver Business School, and is a strong supporter and advocate of FIRST Robotics and serves on the Board of Directors of ColoradoFIRST.

"We are very pleased that Tribby has agreed to lead our Fluid Power business,” said Steve Smidler. “Tribby is a high caliber results driven senior executive with commercial, general management and operations experience; and a proven track record of achievement. She makes a great addition to our team. With this executive appointment, we have the leadership team in place for each of our three main product platforms. Tribby joins Tom Weihsmann who heads our Bearings & Power Transmission platform, and Gary Haseley who leads our Automation, Control & Energy platform. With the management, sales and service model in each of our product platforms set, we are well positioned to deliver improved growth and operating performance.”


About Kaman Distribution
Kaman is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 250 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers over four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical and automation, material handling, motion control, hydraulics and pneumatics and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman provides engineering, design, build, installation, integration and support services for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. Kaman Distribution is the industrial distribution group of Kaman Corporation. Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. More information is available at


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